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The amount of household rubbish being dumped illegally is soaring at a time when bin collections are being reduced.
There has been a 22 per cent rise in cases of bin bags being fly-tipped in the past five years, figures show.
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At the same time, more than three-quarters of households now have their general waste collected only fortnightly, while single collections every three weeks are increasingly common.
If families forget to put their bins out this could mean they are left with four to six weeks of waste before the refuse collectors return. If they put their bags out too early, they are threatened with fines.
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Meanwhile, some councils have imposed a limit of three black bags for collections of domestic waste. Some areas also refuse to empty overly full wheelie bins.
Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show there were 182,677 incidents of black bags filled with household waste being dumped last year – around 3,500 every week. This made up almost one fifth of all fly-tipping for the year.
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